Friday, January 11, 2013

Paleo Elk Meatballs

Because of insulin issues related to my PCOS, I've been toying with the Paleo diet.  This diet basically tries to limit what you eat to foods that were available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, or at least find modern equivalents to those foods.  In trying to do just that, followers of this lifestyle remove all refined carbohydrates from their menus.  Carbs are a huge no-no for PCOS sisters, like myself, making Paleo recipes a natural choice. 

This elk meatball recipe is really just a traditional meatball which is made without the addition of bread crumbs.  The first time I tried it out, I was concerned about the meatballs being crumbly or not holding their shape, but they held up to cooking really well and tasted just as yummy as any other meatball I've made in the past.  

Below is the basic recipe, but you can easily adapt it by changing the seasonings used (i.e. Italian, Asian...).  


Ingredients:

1 pound of ground elk
1/2 cup chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 egg
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
sea salt to taste

 



Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands.
  3. Form the elk mixture into golf ball sized rounds.
  4.  Place the meatballs one inch apart on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  6. Serve as is, or with your favorite sauce.
  7. Makes about 12 large meatballs.





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8 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to make "breadless" meatballs! We recently made the switch from a whole foods with a decent amount of grains to a wholefoods Paleoish diet.

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  2. These sound wonderful :) I usually don't put any bread crumbs in my meatballs and they come out fine. I've never tried elk, does it taste like venison?

    I hope you will share this on The HomeAcre Hop and Wildcrafting Wednesday next week!

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  3. Mary Beth that looks really good. I have a friend who has started on the Paleo diet, and so far she really loves it. I have thought about it myself, but I am not sure if I have the discipline. I would actually like to really look into trying gluten free. I understand it is really good for people who are hypothyroid. I guess a paleo plan could be helpful for me as well though too considering it is also an endocrine issue. I look forward to seeing the recipes you come up with. Though I must say I haven't a clue where I would get some elk. Have a great weekend!
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  5. I've never tried elk either but those meatballs look scrummy!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

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  6. PALEO!!! just starting my paleo journey to see how helps with joint pain!!!

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  7. The first time I tried it out, I was concerned about the meatballs being crumbly or not holding their shape, but they held up to cooking really well and tasted just as yummy as any other meatball I've made in the past. click here

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  8. These are by far the most tastiest meatballs I have ever tasted. And so simple to make, thank you so much for sharing.

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